The following ideas will help you get started. Many of these suggestions can be used in your everyday life, too, outside of national park settings. It's easy to make a positive difference!
Close Your Eyes
Stop. Listen to what's around you. Do you hear more with your eyes closed?
Lift up a finger for each sound you hear. Use your left hand for natural sounds and your right hand for human-made sounds.
Walk and Listen
Do you hear your footsteps? Do you hear your clothes rustle? Can you walk without making any sound?
What is the most beautiful sound you hear? What sound is the least appealing?
Listen to Landscapes
How does the shape of the land affect the way sound travels to your ear? Where is the source of each sound? Are there any echoes? What is the closest sound you hear?
Walk in the Wild
Walk as though a predator were after you. Walk as though you were a predator.
Chat Like an Animal
Listen for an animal. What sound does the animal make? Can you make its sound?
Find a sound you like. How would you spell that sound on paper?
Keep a tally of every kind of sound you hear on your walk. What sound do you hear the most?
Listen around you. Do you hear movement in a bush or tree? Can you guess the size of an animal from its sound?
These strategies were developed in collaboration with the Nature Sounds Society.
Last updated: January 3, 2018